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Before everyone tells me to buy a Brynes saw it is far too much for me to spend in Canada.

 

Home Depot sells the FET for $398 and would like input from people that have one and how it works out for them.

 

Since this has 4 inch blades it will work for what I want to do which is ripping planks and such. I did look at the cheaper Proxxon and also the Micromark saws but then cheap Proxxon has a 2 inch blade and doesn't have a full fence.

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I love my FET. I have had it for 9 years and it's still going strong. It is very much used by other European modellers too, including the prize winners and the most accomplished, and you'll regularly see superb builds on this site where the FET has been used.

 

You can get lots of blades for it, especially if you buy the MicroMark saw blade adapter (item #83515) for the size of the bush. And the accuracy is very high once you have learned all the quirks of its main parts which are best done in a sequence. I can easily get mine to a tolerance of 0.1mm.

 

Of course, that alone doesn't make you a great modeller, and I am still learning. But it won't be because the saw doesn't work properly. Proxxon's backup service is also great.

 

Tony

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As an unrepentant thread wanderer I bit my lip when I read the first post above.  Since others have uttered the “B” word 😁 I’m now free to add my two cents worth.

 

I have a Miniature table saw (Byrnes) and it’s a beautifully made tool.  It can do a great job of precisely cutting small section timbers.  The original request was, however, for a saw for “ripping planks and such.”  If this means cutting model sized planking from sheet stock, a miniature table saw is a good choice.  But, if this means breaking full thickness planks (3/4in) down to scale thickness I would recommend something with more power; either a full sized table saw or bandsaw.

 

A table saw using 8in blades can be used to rip full thickness stock.  Then fitted with a hollow ground blade and zero clearance insert can produce model sized planking.

 

Roger

 

 

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18 hours ago, PRS said:

....would like input from people that have one and how it works out for them.

This is what PRS asked, and it looks like a couple of owners have responded with relevant information..

 

I can only echo what tkay11 says.

The tilting blade  and micro adjustable fence are great to have without  having to assemble or disassemble anything.

 

Of course, the heart of a good saw is the blade, and  I don't care for the options offered by Proxxon.   I have been using blades from Malco Saw.

 

I'm sure there are superior machines but I have no reason to purchase one if the FET is doing what I need to do..

 

If you have any specific questions Pail, I will try to answer based on my experience.

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Gregory said:

... the heart of a good saw is the blade, and  I don't care for the options offered by Proxxon. 

I got very good results with a thin slitting saw and adapter ring. Sadly I can't recall the maker but there are plenty of sources: just make sure the adapter is a good fit and that the number of teeth is appropriate. 

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Thanks for the opinions everyone.

 

Yes I would get the more expensive Brynes saw but look at it this way.

 

$450 plus 30% exchange and then 15% duty and then shipping puts it out of my price range. Sorry I didn't specify that at the start of the question.

12 hours ago, tkay11 said:

I love my FET. I have had it for 9 years and it's still going strong. It is very much used by other European modellers too, including the prize winners and the most accomplished, and you'll regularly see superb builds on this site where the FET has been used.

 

You can get lots of blades for it, especially if you buy the MicroMark saw blade adapter (item #83515) for the size of the bush. And the accuracy is very high once you have learned all the quirks of its main parts which are best done in a sequence. I can easily get mine to a tolerance of 0.1mm.

 

Of course, that alone doesn't make you a great modeller, and I am still learning. But it won't be because the saw doesn't work properly. Proxxon's backup service is also great.

 

Tony

I really appreciate that and you helped me make up my mind. Wanted to make sure it was decent and not a pile of junk.

 

Everyone here has been really helpful. :)

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22 hours ago, PRS said:

$450 plus 30% exchange and then 15% duty and then shipping puts it out of my price range.

I hear you on that!  It seems to be a problem just about everywhere outside the US, if comments on MSW are any indication. I see that Barrie, Ontario is only about 145 miles from Buffalo, New York. An affordable Jim Saw may be closer than you think. :D 

 

If my memory of his prior posts serves, MSW forumite Kevin Kenny, who lives in Trinidad and Tobago, has found it impossible to obtain many modeling essentials in his homeland and solves that problem by stocking up on tools and supplies whenever he visits his daughter in New York. He may be able to share some pointers on how that works for him.

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